Gone are the days of letting that number on the bathroom scale have the last word on your health and fitness…. and BMI is less than useful.

Metabolic age can give you greater insight into your health habits and can help put you in charge of your health and well-being. Let’s face it – feeling a little younger than our years is a state of being that many of us aspire to. Being motivated by reaching a younger metabolic age could help get you there.


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For weight control we may require nutrition that is calorie controlled, providing a balance of nutrients without excess calories. Has good levels of protein and fibre to help us feel fuller for longer. Helps to regulate energy levels to avoid the energy peaks and troughs that can lead to unhealthy diet choices and poor nutrition.

The calories you burn during workouts are inconsequential to your overall body weight or body fat content! Instead, it is how well you use your exercise time to reprogram your daily physiology that matters.

Over 35s?
Many people say that, as they age, they eat and exercise the same amount but still gain weight. One of the main causes of this is loss of muscle mass. Genetically, women have less muscle than men and as a woman ages, the preservation of lean muscle becomes vital. By the time you’ve hit 30, muscular strength begins to head south. But the majority of the decrease occurs after age 50, when it falls at the rate of 15 percent per decade.

“By Your mid-30s, most people still look young, but are already experiencing the BIG Three of aging: deteriorating lean muscle mass, worsening posture, and crumbling joints” says Robert Forster, Physical Therapist, PT and developer of the 24 Fit DVDs. The answer, strength training 3 times a week (gym with equipment), fit camp( with own bodyweight) or at home (resistance bands and dumbbells) plus favourite cardio exercise.

Resting Metabolic Rate Test
The key to sustainable weight loss (as opposed to the “yoyo” weight loss and weight gain of trendy weight loss fads) is a high resting metabolic rate. Your resting metabolic rate, or the calories you burn throughout every minute of the day, is much more important for weight management than the calories you burn while exercising. The term “metabolic refers” to how your body makes energy. Your resting metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories to run your bodily functions at rest.

Many clients come to us in frustration because they have reduced their calorie intake and increased their training, but are still unable to achieve the body they desire. At this point, they are consuming fewer calories than their body needs for basic systems function, forcing their metabolism to slow down to conserve every calorie consumed. The result is a sluggish metabolism that stores fat instead of burning it for energy.

How to deal with the extra calories from drinks?
Cut back on alchohol and yes this will help reducing calorie intake. Also… set a goal to have your metabolic age lower than your actual age.

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A metabolic age that is lower than your chronological age means, compared to the average person in your age group, you have more muscle mass, less fat, are probably more active and therefore can consume more calories!

For more information on Metabolic Analysis contact Jan on 01579 347990 or email [email protected]